Database of governance arrangements

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Across Europe there is an inspiring array of experimentation with local governance arrangements for sustainable and just cities.

What is governance? It can be broadly understood as all formal and informal political processes (involving state and non-state actors) that lead to collective action. (Watch us explain this more in the video to the right).

On this database, you will find results of a study on fruitful governance interventions for sustainable and just cities.

Enabling Governance Arrangements

Enabling governance arrangements are combinations of actor constellations and institutional settings that have proven a potential to support urban governance towards just and sustainable cities in several cases of real-world Governance Interventions.

Looking at a selection of ten situated governance interventions for sustainable and just cities (as summarized in our scenarios), we asked:

What key elements of governance arrangements enabled those interventions to come to fruition?

You can find background information on ten original, real-world governance interventions, our empirical basis, in our database of rich descriptions (see next section below).

You will see references to these interventions in the form of brief examples to illustrate each enabling governance arrangement. The question numbers accompanying the examples, like “(Q18)”, will lead you to the pertinent section of the respective description of a real world governance intervention.

While these enabling governance arrangements show a potential applicability in several different contexts, it is not claimed that these arrangements will produce positive outcomes in all contexts or are the sole factors for bringing interventions to fruition. Rather, they need to be applied cautiously and adapted to local conditions.

When clicking on one of the illustrations of six Enabling Governance Arrangements listed below, you will find a short description as well as links to the real world governance experiments which have inspired us to synthesize these potentially 'enabling governance arrangements'.

  • Click Title for EGA Video Click Illustration for EGA Description
    A-Vision.jpg Create a Comprehensive Vision of Change.jpeg
    B-Adaptation.jpg 2 Makes Space For Adaptation.jpg.jpeg
    C-Bridges.jpg 3 Build bridges.jpg.jpeg
  • Click Title for EGA Video Click Illustration for EGA Description
    D-Participation.jpg 4 Commit To A Meaningful Participation.jpg.jpeg
    E-Networks.jpg 5 tap Into Existing Community Networks.jpg.jpeg
    F-Finance.jpg 6 Develop Resilient Financing Arrangements.jpg.jpeg

What additional governance arrangements should be included that could facilitate a transition to sustainable and just cities?

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Governance interventions

We have selected ten real-word experiments (mostly within EU-funded projects) and developed detailed descriptions which detail their governance variables and processes. We have also created a brief governance scenario per case studied. These scenarios share general insights in a narrative style, and we hope that they pique your interest and provide inspiration about what could be possible in your city!

We stress that the interventions presented below (the detailed descriptions and the corresponding scenarios) - are not entirely “successful interventions”. Rather, they are regarded as general inspiration and real-world cases for testing out how to enable translocal learning.

Detailed governance intervention descriptions Brief governance scenarios
1.Bottom-up resistance against gentrification in Rome 1.Countering Gentrification: Community Based and Collaborative Methods
2.Citizens rescuing and sharing food in Berlin 2.Tackling Waste: Community Practices for Food Rescuing and Sharing
3.Community led affordable housing in Brussels 3.Reimagining Affordable Housing from the Ground Up: Community Land Trust Models
4.Dealing flexibly with and learning from resistance in Barcelona 4.Reclaiming Street Space: Cooperation for Neighbourhood Transformation
5.Biodiversity Protection and Social Justice in the Barcelona Natural Park 5.Negotiating Green Space Development: Balancing Long-Term Sustainability and Short-Term Social Needs
6.Co-creation of a sustainable neighborhood in Freiburg 6.Collaborating Across Institutional Boundaries: Co-Creating Sustainable Neighborhoods
7.Inner-city community energy in London 7.From Electricity to Empowerment: Democratizing Urban Energy Systems
8.Holistic neighbourhood development Augustenborg 8.Overcoming Silos in Urban Regeneration Projects: Holistic Neighbourhood Design
9.Citizens share in Berlin Energy Grid for sustainable energy 9.Creating a Sustainable Energy System: a Citizen-Driven Transformation
10.Regeneration of a deprived neighborhood in Rotterdam 10.Nurturing Trust in Community-Driven Regeneration: Continuity amidst Institutional Uncertainty

Example of a partially successful governance intervention

In addition to our 10 fruitful governance interventions for sustainability and justice in cities (see above), we developed a rich description and a scenario of a governance intervention that demonstrates possible pitfalls when developing sustainable infrastructure in a public-private partnership. This intervention extracted from a south-eastern European setting outlines the partial success of governance interventions and encourages caution about the externalities of public-private partnerships, especially in the context of austerity that may increase in the post-COVID era.

Template for developing further descriptions: Rich description template